IntegrityBC calls on B.C. Liberals to return Triumf donations

IntegrityBC is calling on the B.C. Liberal party to return the $3,370 that Triumf has donated to the party since 2009. Triumf is the publicly funded nuclear and particle physics laboratory at the University of British Columbia.

In 2011, Triumf donated $1,950 to the B.C. Liberals. A donation made under the name of Nigel Lockyer, who is registered as an in-house lobbyist for the laboratory.v

After the Vancouver Sun revealed in April that Wilf Hurd, a Simon Fraser University official and former Liberal MLA, spent $2,045 of university money to attend seven B.C. Liberal Party fundraisers, Liberal Minister of Advanced Education Naomi Yamamoto said that such donations are wrong.

“I don’t think taxpayer dollars or public funds should be going to political parties,” the Minister said.

“The Liberals can’t have it both ways,” said IntegrityBC executive director Dermod Travis. “What’s sauce for the goose – or in this case SFU – must also be sauce for the gander or UBC and Triumf.”

According to its website, Triumf is “Canada’s national laboratory for nuclear and particle physics research and related sciences.” Located on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Triumf is “owned and operated as a joint venture by a consortium of universities” and “the Government of British Columbia provides additional support for building infrastructure.”

In January, the Office of the Registrar of Lobbyists reported that Lockyer and Timothy Meyer lobbied various public office holders on a range of topics including the B.C. government’s involvement in the February AAAS Conference held in Vancouver, advancing science and innovation programs in B.C., and discussion of a provincial science and technology strategy.

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IntegrityBC is a non-partisan voice championing accountability and integrity in BC politics. By empowering British Columbians, IntegrityBC hopes to changes politics in BC and allow citizens to regain trust in our government.

For more information:

Dermod Travis

Executive Director, IntegrityBC

250-590-5126